Peel Ports puts modernising fleet and health and safety focus to the fore
Activa Contracts has won a sole supply, full outsourcing
fleet deal with Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s largest port operators, that focuses on modernising
the company’s fleet and duty of care compliance with the introduction of a raft
of safe driving features.
Peel Ports owns facilities in Clydeport
in Scotland, Great Yarmouth, Heysham, Liverpool, London Medway and the
Manchester Ship Canal and operates a terminal in Dublin.
Merseyside, Peel Ports has centralised management of its 190-vehicle fleet and,
following a comprehensive review, has decided to switch from purchasing most
cars, vans, 4x4s and minibuses to a fully outsourced contract hire with
has had a relationship with Peel Ports for many years and four years ago
supplied 80 vehicles on contract hire with maintenance for operation at the
Port of Liverpool.
Many of those
vehicles, on four-year/48,000-mile contracts, are due for replacement and that
was the catalyst for Peel Ports deciding to replace the majority of the other
fleet vehicles and simultaneously move from outright purchase to contract hire.
A total of 45 new
vehicles, typically Vauxhall light commercial vehicles, have been recently
supplied and a further 87 vehicles are expected to be replaced this year.
All new vehicles
are being equipped with Lightfoot in-vehicle driver behaviour technology
and Autokontrol geo-fence speed limiters which automatically reduces a
vehicle’s speed to the speed limit within a port. Additionally vehicles are now
specified with reversing sensors, Bluetooth and air conditioning.
All vehicles - 90% of the fleet are vans with the remainder
comprising cars that operate as security vehicles and specialist vehicles - are
driven almost exclusively portside.
Typically low mileage, some vehicles have clocked up under
10,000 miles, Peel Ports is to shortly trial a Nissan e-NV200 electric van at
the Port of Liverpool with the possibility that further zero emission models
could be introduced to the fleet operation at all ports.
Lance Weissenborn, head of group asset management at Peel
Ports and in charge of the fleet, said: “Peel Ports is a world class
professional organisation and health and safety is top of the company’s agenda.
“We analysed the age profile of some of our vehicles and
being several years old they were not equipped with the very latest safety
What’s more introducing new vehicles powered by the very latest
fuel-efficient, emission-reducing engines would cut fuel bills and Peel Ports’
carbon footprint, while simultaneously delivering service, maintenance and
repair cost savings.
The new vehicles featuring the latest safety equipment along
with a new driver handbook, which Activa Contracts helped to compile, were
introduced to company directors and senior management at a series of roadshows
held at all ports. The roadshows included presentations from Activa Contracts, Lightfoot,
Autokontrol and representatives of the Freight Transport Association, which
introduced Peel Port to its Van Excellence best practice programme.
said: “We are at the start of the journey to outsource the fleet to Activa
Contracts. The roadshows were attended by company directors and senior
management who support the need for greater engagement with drivers so they
understand the benefits of the new technology. We want our drivers to be safer
and better equipped to do their job.
“Using the technology and the data provided by Lightfoot
will see driver risk reduce.
“Peel Ports recognises the importance of health and safety
and compliance, and partnering with Activa Contracts to deliver a modern
vehicle fleet reinforces that commitment.
“Moving to a central fleet management structure from a
facility-based management platform will result in greater focus on vehicle
operations delivering efficiencies and improved vehicle utilisation.”
During the transition phase to contract hire with
maintenance, Activa Contracts is maintenance managing owned vehicles, while
also providing a range of other services across the fleet including livery,
racking and beacons for vehicles and fuel card management.
Activa Contracts’ area manager Sally Lewis said: “We have
worked closely with Peel Ports to review its vehicle requirements notably
taking into account whole life costs, fitness-for-purpose and utilisation. It
is a 24-hour fleet operation, but typically low mileage so it has special
become Peel Ports’ fleet
department taking on the day-to-day management of the fleet.”
Activa Contracts’ sales and marketing director Lisa
Temperton said: “The development
in the way the fleet is managed is a major change for Peel Ports. We have had a
relationship with Peel Ports for almost 10 years and have always looked to
support the company. In the past 12 months Peel Ports has looked to better
understand how its fleet operates and related duty of care and expenditure.
“That new focus
has resulted in a wholesale change to the way the fleet was previously managed
as well as introduction of the new vehicles and the spotlight on further
improvements to health and safety. Peel Ports’ fleet is being transformed into
one fit for the 21st century with drivers’ health and safety at its